Match ends, Sutton United 1, Lincoln City 1.
Sutton United 1-1 Lincoln City
Roarie Deacon ensured the battle of the FA Cup giant killers ended all square with a stoppage-time equaliser as Sutton drew with National League leaders Lincoln.
Substitute Elliott Whitehouse thought he had won it for the Imps with 10 minutes remaining but Deacon, the star of Sutton's memorable run to the fifth round, pegged the visitors back to leave them top on goal difference alone ahead of Tranmere Rovers.
Just over a fortnight after their cup adventure came to an end with a 5-0 quarter-final defeat at Arsenal, Lincoln ran out at Gander Green Lane - the scene of Sutton's loss to Arsene Wenger's side in February.
Sutton created the better chances in the first half and captain Jamie Collins controlled the ball and spun in front of the same goal he scored the penalty which knocked out Leeds, but skied his effort from 10 yards.
Bedsente Gomis then headed narrowly over from Kevin Amankwaah's long throw-in moments before half-time.
Early in the second half Sean Raggett, Lincoln's goalscoring hero against Burnley, almost repeated the trick with a downward header which was deflected up on to the crossbar.
Burly Imps striker Matt Rhead was then frustrated by a fine reaction save from Will Puddy, who kept out a fierce volley at the far post.
Lincoln got their noses in front when Sam Habergham swung in a late corner which Whitehouse rose highest to nod home.
But the final word went to Deacon, who charged at a tiring Lincoln defence before lashing the ball high into the net from the edge of the box.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2AmankwaahSubstituted forDundasat 86'minutes
- 8GomisSubstituted forSpenceat 68'minutes
- 6CollinsBooked at 56mins
- 30CoombesSubstituted forMayat 77'minutes
- 5WaterfallBooked at 60mins
- 8PowerBooked at 41minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 57'minutes
- 31AngolBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMarriottat 80'minutes
- 11HawkridgeSubstituted forH Andersonat 45'minutes
- 26H Anderson
- Dean Treleaven
Second Half ends, Sutton United 1, Lincoln City 1.
Goal! Sutton United 1, Lincoln City 1. Roarie Deacon (Sutton United).
Substitution, Sutton United. Craig Dundas replaces Kevin Amankwaah.
Goal! Sutton United 0, Lincoln City 1. Elliot Whitehouse (Lincoln City).
Substitution, Lincoln City. Adam Marriott replaces Lee Angol.
Substitution, Sutton United. Adam May replaces Adam Coombes.
Substitution, Sutton United. Daniel Spence replaces Gomis.
Lee Angol (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Alan Power.
Jamie Collins (Sutton United) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Sutton United 0, Lincoln City 0.
Substitution, Lincoln City. Harry Anderson replaces Terry Hawkridge.
First Half ends, Sutton United 0, Lincoln City 0.
Alan Power (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.